Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rep. Ed Markey taunts science denying Republicans

During a House Energy Sub-Committee meeting, Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass) put forth a hilariously scathing short speech. His remarks were in opposition to the odious Upton-Inhofe bill. This bill was put forth to overturn EPA's regulations as well as the scientific findings that human pollution is causing global climate change as well as posing a health hazard for our species. Yes, these morons (Republicans, though I'm sure you guessed that) believe that it doesn't matter what the scientific evidence says, they plan to vote it all away. As a resident of Oklahoma (unfortunately) I would like to put forth a bit of an apology that my fellow state residents have been stupid enough to keep electing this scientifically and morally illiterate jerk-off.

But this isn't about my state's terrible abilities to chose intelligent leaders. It is about what Representative Ed Markey had to say about all this stupidity. While watching, keep an eye on the woman behind him, she is doing all she can not to burst out laughing.

This man is bloody brilliant, too bad most, if not all of it went right over the Republicans' heads. I almost wonder if they passed the bill out of committee just out of spite; to show what happens then those uppity elitists try and use big words around them. Yes, despite the the idiocy of the bill and the wonderful remarks by Representative Ed Markey, the bill was passed on to the House for former voting. But with the bill already defeated in the Senate, this bill faces quite a bit of opposition. In fact President Obama has already stated that if it were to pass he would veto it without hesitation. Which makes one wonder why the Republicans, facing a bill that is bound to die anyway, are wasting their time and tax payer's money on it. It couldn't be because the idea for the bill was introduced by lobbyists for oil corporations (see previous link to bill) and those who are backing it will be getting kick-backs? Not in US politics, perish the thought!

For those who were unable to watch the video, here is the transcript

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.

However, I won't physically rise, because I'm worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.

I won't call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Instead, I'll embody Newton's third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America's importation of foreign oil.

This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger's cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!

Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.

And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair's amendment pile.

A bow to Brad Johnson for the information.
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